Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band Newcastle City Hall 1973

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Newcastle City Hall 28th April 1973
I couldn’t wait to see Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band again after witnessing their magnificent 1972 performance at Newcastle City Hall. And it wasn’t long until they were back in the UK for another tour. The Magic Band line-up had changed slightly since their last visit in that Alex (pyjama) St Claire had replaced (the wonderfully named) Winged Eel Fingerling on slide guitar. This time the show was not as theatrical as the previous year, however the music was as mesmerising as ever, the setlist expanded slightly to include a good selection of tracks from throughout the Captain’s career including one of my favourites, “Electricity”, alongside tracks from the current album “Clear Spot”. The set was also considerably much more delta / werewolf growl blues than last time. However, this gig doesn’t stick in my mind as much as the 1972 concert. Fraid I can’t recall at all who the support act was (or if there was a support), and I don’t have a programme to help me. The setlist for the Nottingham show from the 19873 tour is listed as follows, I would assume that the Newcastle show was a similar set: Hair Pie Bake III; Suction Prints; Sue Egypt; Mirror Man; Low Yo Yo Stuff; Crazy Little Thing; Sifter Solo; Sugar ‘n’ Spikes; I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby; Electricity; Peon; I’m a King Bee; Click Clack; Alice in Blunderland; Nowadays a Womans Gotta Hit a Man. Encore: Big Eyed Beans From Venus; Golden Birdies

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by geoffn on November 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I was present for the 1973 gig and enjoyed it. The band was introduced by John Peel, gamely wearing a Liverpool FC teeshirt, in his characteristically laconic style. “I hope you’ll give the Captain a warm welcome because he really is one of the most important people in the world.”

    I don’t recall the support band, either.


    • Posted by vintagerock on November 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Many thanks indeed for your memory of John Peel introducing the Captain and his Magic Band, Geoff. Now that you mention it, I think I can remember Peel being there. Happy days Peter


  2. Support – Beckett? Something like that! They were pwp anyway.


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